The colours are just about to peak in Ontario making for a perfect romantic Autumn getaway or day-trip. Here is our list of the best places to view the changing foliage and what to do along the way to make for a colourful Fall date-trip.
COLOURFUL WATERS in Muskoka
You don’t have to stick to land to take in the Fall colours. Aboard the Idyllwood or Peerless II with Sunset Cruises on some of Muskoka’s most picturesque lakes for breathtaking views. Travel on to Bala to visit Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh for harvest time and take in the Bog to Bottle tour, wine tasting or a stroll on the trails. Get off the main drag and head back on scenic Muskoka Road 13 or extend your trip with one of the other many ways to experience Fall colours in Muskoka.
HIGH ON FALL COLOUR in the Haliburton Highlands
Head on to the Haliburton Highlands for a great day on the bike or on the trails. The Highlands are any cycle, bike or car touring enthusiasts dream. Plan your route with the Haliburton Highland Touring Map. While in the Highlands take a detour to visit the the Hawk Lake Log Chute, the last remaining chute in Ontario, built in 1861 or stop in for tour and bite to eat at Abbey Gardens. Top off the day with the best view in the highlands at the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower, which offers a breathtaking 360 degree view 465 feet above Lake of Bays.
A PALETTE OF COLOUR in the Ottawa Valley
Let nature’s stunning palette inspire you as you take the road less travelled in the Ottawa Valley. Follow the path of A.Y. Jackson, famed Group of Seven painter on the A.Y. Jackson trail and see the inspiration for many of his paintings.
MATTAWA COUNTY colour madness
For those that don’t mind getting a little dirty and want to experience the Fall colours up close take a trip to Mattawa County and make use of their Voyageur Multi Use Trail System. The views from the trail will allow you to see over the tree tops and into Voyageur Country! Check out live web cam feed at Explorers Point for more action as the season change!
FALL TOURS in Ontario’s Lake Country
Grab your helmet and water bottle and explore some of Ontario’s best Fall cycling routes. For the more adventurous Ontario’s Lake Country has become a mecca for Mountain Bikers with trails at Hardwood Ski & Bike and Horseshoe Resort. Enjoy the Fall Flavours of Lake Country with a seasonal dining experience.
SMALL TOWN, BIG COLOUR in Midland
Take in some small town colour in Midland this Fall. The drive to Midland alone will feel your feed with glorious Fall colour pics. Once there take in a side trip to the Wye Marsh to enjoy the Fall colours by canoe or off the boardwalk. Head to downtown Midland for a lunch and enjoy a picnic at the scenic Little Lake Park.
MOUNTAINS OF FALL COLOUR in the Blue Mountains
For the adventurous Fall peepers. Zip through spectacular Autumn foliage on Ontario’s longest twin zip ride at 2550 feet in length with a vertical drop of 287 feet at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures then take your time to take in the break-taking vistas on the 420’ suspension footbridge. Make your way to the Blue Mountain Village where there is always something happening and a great selection of restaurants to fill your appetite. Make the trip a Thanksgiving long weekend getaway and experience the Apple Harvest Festival. For an extra special fall getaway, surround yourself in the scenery of the picturesque blue mountains while soaking in the pools at Scandinave Spa.
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